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#137 Uday Kotak $10.1B

Random fact: Grew up in a home with 60 family members and one kitchen.

Overview

India's wealthiest banker controls Mumbai-based Kotak Mahindra Bank. The publicly traded company provides commercial and investment banking, as well as insurance and brokerage services, including a mobile app that allows customers to execute trades on the go. It had more than $42 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017.

As of July 25, 2017:
Last change -$43.7M (-0.4%)
YTD change +$2.96B (+41.7%)
Industry Finance
Biggest asset KMB IN Equity
Citizenship India
Age 58
Wealth Self-made
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Net Worth Summary

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The majority of Kotak's fortune is derived from his stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank. The billionaire controls 32 percent of the Mumbai-based bank, according to a March 2017 stock exchange filing. The Reserve Bank of India decreed in June 2012 that Kotak would have to cut his stake to 20 percent by March 31, 2018. He sold a 3.2 percent interest in May 2014, and a 1.5 percent interest in the first quarter of 2017.

The billionaire and his family also own about 95 percent of Business Standard, a daily financial newspaper. The valuation of the media property is based on the average enterprise value-to-sales and enterprise value-to-earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of three publicly traded companies: HT Media, Jagran Prakashan and DB Corp.

The family and Kotak Mahindra Bank sold their combined 8.3 percent stake in mobile phone operator Hutchison Essar in 2006 for $230 million.

The value of his cash holdings is based on an analysis of dividends, insider transactions, taxes and market performance since 2001.

Rohit Rao, a spokesman for Kotak Mahindra Bank in Mumbai, declined to comment on the billionaire's net worth.

Biography

Birthdate: 3/15/1959
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Management, Master's Degree Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Commerce, Bachelor's Degree

Uday Kotak was born in Mumbai to a family of cotton traders and grew up in a communal home where 60 extended family members shared a single kitchen. The billionaire, who has a master’s degree in business administration from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, played competitive cricket in his youth and topped his class. Kotak almost died in 1979, when he got hit in the head with a ball while playing cricket. He was saved after emergency surgery.

In 1985, Kotak, then 26, set up Kotak Capital Management Finance using 3 million rupees ($164,000) he borrowed from friends and family members who ran a cotton-trading business.

At Kotak's wedding reception the same year, Anand Mahindra, now chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., India's largest maker of sport utility vehicles and tractors, told him he would invest in the new finance company. Its name was changed to Kotak Mahindra Finance in 1986. Kotak expanded into brokering stocks, investment banking, insurance and mutual funds and converted the finance company into a full-fledged bank in 2003.

Kotak formed a partnership with Goldman Sachs in 1995. The joint venture with Kotak Mahindra was Goldman Sachs' first, marking a break with 126 years of tradition at the time it was signed. When Goldman Sachs sought to begin independent operations in India in 2006, the billionaire's company paid $75 million to buy out the 25 percent stakes that the New York-based firm held in Kotak Mahindra's investment banking and securities businesses. 

Kotak said in an interview with Bloomberg News in December 2011 that dealing with Goldman Sachs taught him things were changing quickly in India and that he had to professionalize his capital-markets business. Unlike many family-owned enterprises in India, Kotak Mahindra has avoided employing his relatives.

Milestones
  • 1959 Uday Suresh Kotak is born in Mumbai, India.
  • 1985 Sets up Kotak Capital Management Finance.
  • 1986 Company name changed to Kotak Mahindra Finance.
  • 1995 Forms partnership with Goldman Sachs in India.
  • 1998 Enters mutual fund business with asset management company.
  • 2003 Converts Kotak Mahindra Finance into a full-fledged bank.
  • 2006 Kotak Mahindra sells stake in Hutchison Essar.
  • 2006 Buys out Goldman Sachs's stakes in their two ventures.
  • 2012 Central bank orders Kotak to cut stake in Kotak Mahindra.
  • 2016 Kotak Mahindra acquires BSS Microfinance for $21 million.